If you want a fairly healthy lunch option in Soho and want to branch out from Taim and Sweetgreen, you could try Dez. It’s a fast casual Middle Eastern spot from the people behind By Chloe with a bright, desert-themed space and some nice sidewalk seating out front. They serve mezes like beet hummus as well as pitas and bowls, like the one with chicken and saffron rice. Everything here is pretty good, especially the starters and breads, but the prices feel pretty high given the small portions.
Dez is permanently closed.
More spots in NolitaSee more
At Socarrat Nolita, the only way you are having a comfortable meal sitting at the massive communal table is if you have the body frame of Beaker from The Muppets. Bring a bigger group so you can sit at a real table and enjoy your delicious paella in peace.
La Esquina Cafe & Taqueria
La Esquina may not be the most authentic Mexican in town, but it is one of the few establishments to properly spin everything we love about NYC restaurants into a taco.
The Musket Room
Interesting flavor and texture combinations litter a menu of impressive hits at The Musket Room. It’s an unassuming restaurant, but one that prides itself on excellent service and a serious Kiwi heavy wine program. Pleasant surprises all around.
More Middle Eastern spotsSee more
Zizi Limona is a Middle Eastern spot in Williamsburg that works for pretty much any casual dinner situation.
Kashkaval Garden is a neighborhood spot in Hell’s Kitchen with Mediterranean food that’s good for sharing and a nice back room for dates.
Nur is a Middle Eastern restaurant in Flatiron where you can eat excellent breads and creative dishes.
Suggested by our writers
People are waiting an hour for egg sandwiches at Nolita’s Egg Shop. Is it worth it? Time to investigate.
A falafel sandwich at Taim is the best thing you can get in NYC for less than $10 and also theoretically eat daily without disastrous consequences.
The original Seamore's is in Nolita, and the Chelsea location is pretty much the same. Stop by for some casual seafood, maybe in your gym clothes.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more